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CCSA’s CharterNation is your go-to source for charter school news and stories from the Golden State. Whether you’re listening to our podcast or reading stories from our blog, we strive to bring you real stories from charter school thought leaders, students, families, and educators on the frontlines.

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What Charter Parents Need To Know About The LAUSD Board District 5 Race

A primary election to fill the vacant seat will take place on Tuesday, March 5 for voters residing in Los Angeles Unified’s Board District 5, which includes neighborhoods in Northeast and Southeast Los Angeles.

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It's here! National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week (NCSW), is held from January 20-26, and offers an exciting opportunity for students, parents and teachers to celebrate what makes their schools great! 

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A Look Back at 2018: Lessons & Gratitude

As we get ready for 2019, it's always useful and rewarding to reflect on lessons learned and what we are grateful for over the past year. We looked back on what was most important to you on social media in 2018 and were reminded of what a tremendous...

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3 Ways to Support Charter Public Schools Right Now

 As charter school supporters, we sometimes take for granted what people know and understand about the important role charter schools play. However, there is a large population of families in California who are unfamiliar with charter schools. And...

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Report: Black Students with Black Teachers Are More Likely to Go to College

According to a new study by Johns Hopkins University, black students are more likely to go to college if they have a Black teacher. And, they are even more likely to attend if they have two!

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Según un nuevo estudio realizado por la Universidad Johns Hopkins, es más probable que los estudiantes afroamericanos vayan a la universidad si tienen un maestro afroamericano. ¡Y es más probable que asistan si tienen dos!

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Meet our CharterNation storytellers!

Ana Tintocalis

Ana Tintocalis - Director, Media Relations and Research

Ana is Director of Media Relations and Research and a member of CCSA’s External Affairs Team. In this role, she supports the organization’s mission through creative and effective communications platforms that increase public awareness and support for high-quality public charter schools. Additionally, she will help amplify positive local charter school stories happening to win hearts and minds in target media markets across the state. Read More >>

Myrna Castrejón

Myrna Castrejón - President and Chief Executive Officer

As the leader of CCSA, Myrna Castrejón has managed the membership organization representing California's public charter schools since January 2019.

Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, she served for nearly three years as the Founding Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, an organization created in winter 2015. As the Executive Director, Myrna led Great Public Schools Now's strategy to transform public education in Los Angeles by expanding high-quality public schools of diverse governance models in the areas most in need of support. Read More >>